Greg Oden, former No. 1 NBA draft pick, arrested in Indiana for allegedly punching woman

By Daniel S Levine,

Greg Oden, a former No. 1 NBA draft pick who is currently a free agent, was arrested in Lawrence, Indiana, Thursday morning. He allegedly punched a woman outside a home that belongs to his mother.

A Lawrence Police Department report shows that police arrived at the home at 3:30 a.m. The Indianapolis Star reports that police found the victim crying and lying across a bed. They spoke with a woman who was described as the victim’s best friend.

“He punched her in the face,” the witness told police.

The report also notes that police found the victim “uncooperative.” They also overheard the friend tell the victim, “There isn't that much love in the world. You need to tell that he punched you in the face.”

Police described the victim’s injuries as swelling in the nose and lacerations to her nose and forehead. They “observed blood on the sofa and floor in the sitting area. (They) observed (blood) on the living room carpet (and) dirt from a flower pot that was knocked over,” the report reads.

Oden reportedly told police that he knew he was wrong and apologized for the incident. He was cooperative with officers and will face a battery charge. He was taken to Marion County Jail.

As the Associated Press notes, Oden was a high school star before playing at Ohio State for one season. He was then drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers as the first pick in the 2007 NBA draft, but was a bust as injuries hurt his career. He played for the Miami Heat last season, but is now a free agent.

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